New $67M Missoula air terminal opening pushed to June

David Erickson

Deadlines on construction projects have been wildly fluid during the pandemic, and the new $67-million Missoula Montana Airport terminal expansion project fared no differently.

The airport announced this week that the new terminal building, originally scheduled to open to passenger and airline use on May 4, will now instead open on June 8.

“It was especially challenging building this facility during the pandemic,” said airport director Brian Ellestad. He gave Governor Greg Gianforte a tour of the new facility on Wednesday.

Ellestad said his staff worked hard to navigate multiple supply chain disruptions while still completing the project under-budget and in time for the busy summer season.

“Overall construction has been completed, and we will be utilizing this additional month before our grand opening to train our tenants and staff on the new, state-of-the-art equipment that has been installed in the facility,” Ellestad said. “This training and testing of new equipment will allow us to provide a completely seamless transition for our passengers as we move into the new terminal in June.”

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